Is Your Sleep Pattern Qualitative Or Quantitative? 3 Ways To Get Quality Sleep

We all know how important it is to get eight hours of sleep every night. But do we know how to get quality sleep in that time? Studies prove we’re doing it all wrong. It’s not just about the quantity of sleep you get in. These three simple things can help you get in some quality shut-eye for a happier, healthier and well-rested you.

1. Fall Asleep At Once
Set an alarm for your bedtime, get your body used to a routine, and it’ll soon become second nature. Wear socks if you’re in air-conditioning, as warm hands and feet help you fall asleep quicker. Keep your bedroom dark or wear a sleep mask over your eyes. Flashes of light from the street disturb you a lot more than you think. Don’t bring work into bed. Power down in advance—turning off devices and lights helps your brain relax and fall into sleep mode sooner. Earn your sleep through the day, whether it’s by exercising, caffeine intake well before bedtime, or just early meals.

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2. Stay Asleep
Alcohol before bed may help you fall asleep, but once it wears off you’re more likely to wake up in the middle of the night. Try separate blankets if you share your bed, as your twisting and turning is less likely to bother each other. This is the same reason you shouldn’t allow pets in bed. Don’t drink too much water before going to bed—it’ll save you from waking up for a loo break.

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3. Wake Up Refreshed
Don’t hit the snooze button. As tempting as it is, broken Rapid Eye Movement sleep means you’ll wake up feeling groggier and more clouded with the extra minutes you squeezed in. As soon as you open your eyes, think about something that you’re looking forward to that day. It helps you start the day right, which means you’ll get out of bed raring to seize the day!

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